My daughter Coco hates chocolate. What? Why? How? I'm still bemused by her aversion to my biggest weakness. Nevertheless, sweets have just never been her thing - that was until she demolished a healthy portion of a batch of homemade raspberry jam cookies. more →
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I recently watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown where he was dining at a restaurant in Rome with some friends and their baby daughter. Bourdain remarked how one huge difference he's noticed between living in Italy and living in New York is that in Italy people are happy to see kids out at restaurants. more →
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I fell in love with mezcal at first sip, 15 years ago at my favorite local watering hole in Santa Cruz, CA. My best friend (still to this day) and I, ever adventurous at the bar, were curious about a colorful palm fiber basket tucked away on the top shelf. more →
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One of my finest pleasures in life right now is watching Fiona bake with her mama. She's a real natural, I tell ya. Since day one she's being roaming the flour-laden floors of our kitchen, scouring the dark reaches of bottom drawers and cupboards for new tools. more →
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I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had cocktail cake on my mind for months. Thankfully, there’s a baker in the house to turn my twisted fantasies into reality! Actually, come to think of it, this whole margarita cake might have been Audrey’s idea in the first place . . . even better! more →
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If you're not familiar with Berkeley's beloved Cheese Board Collective, let me fill you in. In the 1970s, The Cheese Board, along with Peet's Coffee, was one of the first gourmet establishments in a little area of North Berkeley, which is now known as the Gourmet Ghetto. more →
Furikake is a Japanese seaweed seasoning made of seaweed, salt, sesame seeds and sugar. It's a staple in my pantry and I normally add it to rice, but recently discovered that it's amazing on popcorn! The sweet and salty flavor is subtle and a simple way to change up the ordinary. more →
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